Sam Bennett once again, showed his potential during the playoffs.
Bennett is only 20, but has shown tremendous ability in the post-season twice in his NHL career while struggling during the regular season. "Sam Bennett, to me, I thought he had a real impact on the series," GM Brad Treliving said. "At the hardest time of the year, he made an impact. And why was it? That’s what we just talked about: ‘Why did you have that impact?’ You look at that Anaheim team down the middle of the ice, pick your poison. He was playing against (Ryan) Kesler a lot, and to me, he went nose-for-nose. There was no retreat. He was going forward. He was productive. To me, he set the tone a lot in the games. He was a snarly S.O.B. to play against. I think he has no problem with that type of game, in that setting, on the road, in a hostile building. To me, that’s a big step. It’s a real building block for him. We didn’t go to where we wanted to go to, but Sam did his part." Bennett had only 26 points in the regular season but expect 50-plus next year.